Back to school learning
“The capacity to learn is a gift;
The ability to learn is a skill;
The willingness to learn is a choice.”
So as our holiday memories begin to fade.... attention now turns to the start of the new school year and the inevitable return of routines.
Getting up, packing up, getting everyone else up, getting out the house on time, negotiating traffic, and the after school activities is enough to send us reaching for the computer to book another holiday!!
With the children safely deposited back to school, my thoughts turn to the importance of the next academic school year for my youngest Lucy - GCSEs and auditions for dancing collages its mind blowing.
She will need to look beyond the here and now, and look towards her future.... WOW how scary when you're only 15. She will have to demonstrate a desire to learn, a commitment to study, the drive to achieve her best, and all this at the same time as having fun!
Naturally my priority is to support my girls, however my job extends to supporting all my clients to achieve individual goals.
From experiencing a positive birth, regaining pre-baby fitness, weight loss, mobility improvement or starting a fitness journey, the support from me and my team of trainers is here and the journey starts with the key element of learning!
So are you willing to learn?
My role as a personal trainer goes deeper than just exercise and nutrition prescription... it delves into the wider picture, taking a holistic view of individuals and looking at the best ways to help clients succeed. There is always a solution.
I've been de cluttering over the holidays and looking through my books I came across a book by Tom Burnes & Sandra Sinfield 2005 Essential Study Skills, it suggests there are 6 steps to studying, here is an overview:
Good students are made, not born
Everybody needs the big picture (or overview)
Creativity is essential - and it can be developed
Understanding the 'what, why and how' of assessment is vital
Dealing with your emotions is crucial
Without reflection there is no learning
I would like to apply this now to health and fitness and how going through the process of LEARNING will help individuals succeed.
Looking at each of the above steps I’ll give you my personal views and recommendations.
1. Good students are made, not born
Negative past experiences often makes people believe that achieving a healthy weight or being part of the local netball team is beyond their reach...with statements such as :
'I've failed in the past'.
'My family are all big and suffer with diabetes so this will happen to me'.
'I was never any good at sports at school, I'm not competitive...it doesn't come naturally to me'
However to succeed, recognising and LEARNING where past attempts have been failed, will prevent negative thinking and procrastination. LEARN from them. Getting the right support, whether this is from friends, family members or a trainer is essential.
2. Everyone needs the big picture
We have to look at the big picture. Learning and applying new information and techniques has to be process that is performed in a small stages. The bigger picture has to be at the centre (the goal has to be big). Seeing the bigger picture will make these smaller steps easier to learn.
New runners want to run without walking!
Dieters what to lose weight quickly!
Postnatal mums want to get back to exercising at high intensity ASAP!
One step at a time, learn the small steps it will take to succeed, listen to your body but never forget the original goal.
3. Creativity is essential - and it can be developed
There is a lot of 'common sense' about being successful but to make it easier, creativity is needed.
My most successful clients are the one's who embrace their creative side, research, read and go a little further than just turning up.
I could make it easy for dieters by giving a 28-day food plan...but the truth is this will fail, why? Because it's not what you like to eat, it doesn't fit into your lifestyle, it's not flexible and it does not allow you to engage, be creative and cook your own meals.
Go back and take a look at the great food websites I have suggested in the past, make your favourite meals healthier, try new ideas and learn to embrace your creative side.
The same applies to exercise....for some 1 personal training session a week is enough....however to achieve a goal of running a 5k or mastering pull ups 1 session a week is not enough.
So taking the time to exercise in between sessions will enhance and progress your fitness.
Wanting to get stronger and leaner with more defined muscle shape takes dedication outside the studio. learn to create an exercise plan from the plans we give you that will allow you to train whatever your situation.
4. Understanding the 'what, why and how' of assessment is vital
What, why and how - without learning you cannot just know. As my clients you know I talk a lot throughout our sessions or classes together! there is a method in my 'madness' as I am aware that not everyone who trains with me or seeks my help and support will become a long a term client.
So in the time we train together it is vital for me to help you learn:
What the benefits of specific exercises are?
Why exercising slowly, quickly, progressively is important to support your body.
How you will achieve your goal/goals by measuring and regular assessment.
The more information I give you the more likely you are to understand and be able to continue to apply it to your lifestyle even if we no longer regularly train together..
5. Dealing with your emotions is crucial
If we do not tackle our own emotional responses to the different things we encounter, we will never be able to benefit from the positive responses, or overcome the negative ones.
Often the health and fitness journey is fraught at some point along its path with emotions, fear, illness, injury and a change in circumstances. This can lead to not getting the results you initially wanted. Learn from this set back and don't allow it to hold back your true potential. Get back on track as soon as you can.
6. Without reflection there is no learning
Review and reflect on what you learn I would advise keeping a diary/journal for personal reflection. I ask my PT clients to record a food diary using the app My fitness pal which records food and activity. Not everyone will tell the truth but I'm not here to judge only guide and support. You need to be able to review and reflect critically on the choices you make to understand how and why the body reacts in different ways to the food you eat. Often carbs make you sluggish in the afternoon; sometimes we react to a high fruit diet. When we have too much to drink we see a change in bowel habits. But if you don't record this you cannot make changes to enhance your progress.
Give it a go and tell the truth.
Daily diaries are useful for health and fitness training too.
Record how you feel, your mood, how the sessions went and reflect on the things you have learned.
So are you ready to learn?
If you are …get in touch today and we'll do this together
Love Kate x